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Family Christmas dinner celebrates Seaton’s and Wedd’s

Mr. Vik Rao (Seaton's '88)

Mr. Vik Rao (Seaton’s ’88)

Christmas dinner - Ziyang Wang, Zhengbang Zhou, Julian Zhao and Daniel Wang

Ziyang Wang, Zhengbang Zhou, Julian Zhao and Daniel Wang

 Jonathan Chu, Jose Gomez, Joe Howe, Andres Puente, Mrs. Kenny

Jonathan Chu, Jose Gomez, Joe Howe, Andres Puente, Ms. Kenny

Christmas Dinner - Mr. McBride dining with L.C. Hebert, Philippe Archambault and Keenan Conlon

Mr. McBride dining with L.C. Hebert, Philippe Archambault and Keenan Conlon

Chris Huang Chang, Will Houser, Takoda Kemp, Kevin Lee, Henry Lee

Chris Huang Chang, Will Houser, Takoda Kemp, Kevin Lee, Henry Lee

Christmas dinner 1 Alexander Kazakov, Tien Nguyen, Yizhou Yu

Alexander Kazakov, Tien Nguyen, Yizhou Yu

Mrs. Joannah Lawson (Mother of Tristan FY & Alexander Y1 - Scaddings), Mrs. Roz Heintzman (Mother of Theodore Y1 - McHugh's) & Mrs. Barbara Bottini (mother of Mattia Colangelo IB1 - Orr's)

Ms. Joannah Lawson (Mother of Tristan FY and Alexander Y1 – Scaddings), Ms. Roz Heintzman (Mother of Theodore Y1 – McHugh’s) and Ms. Barbara Bottini (mother of Mattia Colangelo IB1 – Orr’s)

The boarders gathered for Christmas dinner in the upper dining room on Monday, Dec. 8. Cynthia Gallant, Marco Kulainis and the entire Aramark staff are to be congratulated for staging such wonderful Christmas ambiance and such a delicious meal. The dinner drew over 125 students, faculty, administrators and special guests. I never cease to be amazed at the time and care this talented team puts into the meals they deliver to our students.

The boys were impressed by the number of adults on hand to celebrate the holiday season and to celebrate so many wonderful accomplishments over the course of the fall term. Senior house advisers, associate house advisers, residential assistants, the health centre, the Centre For Learning, UCC admissions, the IT department, the university counselling office, our iDiv and senior division heads, the dean of students, the academic dean, our head of school, the advancement team and representatives from the UCC Parents’ Organization were on hand to celebrate with our boarders. It takes a village to raise a boy; it’s a wonderful partnership that exists between adults and students at UCC. We’re proud of the fact that boys take advantage of the services provided by dedicated adults, and we’re equally proud of the role boys play as ambassadors and volunteers in many areas of school life.

The Monday dinner was highlighted by a special acknowledgement of a financial gift to the boarding program made by Vik Rao (’88 Seaton’s) and Vivek Rao (’86 Wedd’s). Thanks to their gift, a new trophy recognizing the winner of a variety of inter-house competitions between Seaton’s and Wedd’s will be known as the “Rao Family Cup.” The idea of creating a series of competitions that would bring boarders together for weekend and evening competitions was initiated by Sean Fraser (Seaton’s 2013). We’re in our third year of competition, and we’re so pleased that the Rao Family Cup will forever represent the spirited and sportsman-like competition that was always evident when Vivek (five years in Wedd’s) and Vik (six years in Seaton’s) were representing their respective houses.

Every boy in Seaton’s and Wedd’s that persevered through a challenging unit of study should give himself a pat on the back; every boy that worked hard to try to make a team should hold his head high; every boy that stepped outside his comfort zone to try something new should feel especially proud; every boy that worked especially hard to help a new boy settle into his new home should take pride in knowing he is likely the most important component in building a caring community.